Winds topple trees, power lines across W. Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Powerful winds have ripped trees from the ground and knocked out power for thousands across western Oregon.

The National Weather Service reports winds gusted as high as 80 mph on the coast and 50 mph in the Willamette Valley Monday, and forecasters expected high winds to linger into the evening.

Forecasters say the wind will subside but low-elevation snow is possible overnight.

Portland General Electric says 17,000 customers lost power at the peak of the storm. Crews had restored service to most of them by afternoon.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/xcOntY) downed trees and power lines blocked several roadways in Salem.